Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist , Joey Hall, discusses song “Oxygen” from Love Like Ruby‘s inaugural album Red Notebook.
Q: Describe the composition of Oxygen. What inspired you to write this song?
A: Oxygen started out as a completely different song idea. We decided to steal the main riff from that song and transform it into Oxygen. This song definitely has gone through more changes and tweaks then most of the other songs on the album. We changed the lyrics, chord progressions, and who sings what and how they sing it many times. Oxygen is one of our slower and more calm songs, but it’s definitely one of our favorites too. Instrumentally the song is heavily influenced by the 90’s alternative genre. The lyrics in the song came from memories and past experiences that were drawn out by playing and listening to the music.
Q: Describe the recording process of the track.
A: We recorded this track for our debut album Red Notebook which was released just over a month ago. We recorded it with Ryan Chabon of Crimson Moon Records at his studio in Raleigh, NC. We actually recorded the drums and the bass guitar of the song in a garage do give it more of that louder bigger type sound. The guitars played together and then the vocals came last. This is one of the only songs on the album that has a lot of actual “singing” as opposed to yelling, and Alan is the one singing the choruses. We’re really happy with the way it all came together and turned out.